TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 21)

[November 21, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 21)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,316,038) developed by Jordan Kirk Crawford, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "collecting and analyzing user activities on mobile computing devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism for collecting and analyzing user information available on a mobile computing device is described. Information is retrieved from different components of the mobile computing device and analyzed for relationships therein. Metrics and rules are applied to the information to generate results. The results are displayed or exported to one or more components of the mobile computing device or external devices." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2010 (12/792,093). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,038.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,038&RS=PN/83,16,038 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,037) developed by Ashutosh Garg, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Kedar Dhamdhere, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "providing remedial search operation based on analysis of user interaction with search results." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for assisting users in performing searches. In one aspect, a query for a search session is received from a user device. A first set of search results responsive to the query is provided to the user device. Search results interaction data are received from the user device that identifies actions that are in response to the search results and taken at the user device. The search results interaction data are analyzed to determine that a remedial search operation should be performed, the remedial search operation determining a second set of search results responsive to the query and providing the second set of search results to the user device for presentation to the user." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2010 (12/696,321). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,037.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,037&RS=PN/83,16,037 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,033) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for managing the lifecycles of media assets." The co-inventors are David Canora, Winter Garden, Fla., Michael Colglazier, Orlando, Fla., Mike Gomes, Windermere, Fla., Beth Patterson, Celebration, Fla., and Robert Swirsky, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a method for managing the lifecycles of one or more media assets. The method comprises importing the one or more media assets into a system for managing the lifecycles of the one or more media assets, determining one or more metadata tags for association with the one or more media assets by evaluating the one or more media assets with one or more tagging filters, associating the one or more metadata tags with the one or more media assets after determining one or more metadata tags for association with the one or more media assets, and grouping the one or more media assets according to the one or more metadata tags associated with the one or more media assets by evaluating the one or more metadata tags with one or more grouping filters to generate one or more media asset groups." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2008 (12/012,952). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,033.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,033&RS=PN/83,16,033 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Document Scoring Based on Traffic Associated with a Document ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,029) developed by Steve Lawrence, Mountain View, Calif., for a "document scoring based on traffic associated with a document." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system determines an extent to which advertisements are presented or updated within a document, a quality of an advertiser associated with an advertisement provided within the document, whether an advertisement in the document relates to an advertising document that has more than a threshold amount of traffic, and/or an extent to which an advertisement provided within the document generates user traffic to an advertising document related to the advertisement. The system generates a score for the document based, at least in part, on the extent to which advertisements are presented or updated within the document, the quality of the advertiser associated with the advertisement provided within the document, whether the advertisement relates to an advertising document that has more than the threshold amount of traffic, and/or the extent to which the advertisement generates user traffic to the advertising document. The system ranks the document with regard to at least one other document based, at least in part, on the score." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2006 (11/565,026). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,029.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,029&RS=PN/83,16,029 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Checkpointing Iterators During Search ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,036) developed by four co-inventors for "checkpointing iterators during search." The co-inventors are Chad Walters, San Francisco, Lukas Biewald, San Francisco, Nitay Joffe, Palo Alto, Calif., and Andrew Alan James, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Tools and techniques are described herein for checkpointing iterators during search. These tools may provide methods that include instantiating iterators in response to a search request. The iterators include fixed state information that remains constant over a life of the iterator, and further include dynamic state information that is updated over the life of the iterator. The iterators traverse through postings lists in connection with performing the search request. As the iterators traverse the posting lists, the iterators may update their dynamic state information. The iterators may then evaluate whether to create checkpoints, with the checkpoints including representations of the dynamic state information." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2008 (12/201,051). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,036.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,036&RS=PN/83,16,036 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Book Content Item Search ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,032) developed by Shumeet Baluja, Leesburg, Va., and Yushi Jing, Mountain View, Calif., for a "book content item search." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products are provided for ranking distinct book content items based on implicit links to other distinct book content items. The implicit links are defined based on the identification of matching features in the distinct book content items. In some implementations, the matching features can be image features that appear in image content of the distinct book content items. Edges representing implicit links are generated between distinct nodes representing the distinct book content items in the weighted graph. Each distinct book content item can be ranked based on the edges connected to the distinct node in the weighted graph that represents the distinct book content item." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,415). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,032.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,032&RS=PN/83,16,032 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,984) developed by Yuval Frandzel, Foster City, Calif., for a "system and method for on-the-fly elimination of redundant data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for "on-the-fly" de-duplication of data before storing the data in a storage system. A data de-duplication module illustratively cooperates with protocol servers and a file system of a storage operating system executing on the storage system to implement the novel de-duplication technique. The de-duplication module illustratively generates a block store, an index file and a hash table on storage space provided by the storage system. The hash table is utilized for tracking fingerprints and locations of blocks within the block store. The index file is utilized for storing directory information identifying the contents of data containers stored on the storage system, while the block store is utilized to store raw data blocks that comprise the data containers." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2007 (11/691,956). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,984.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,984&RS=PN/83,15,984 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Symbiotic Wide-area File System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,315,975) developed by Yasushi Saito, Mountain View, Calif., and Christos Karamanolis, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "symbiotic wide-area file system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the invention provides a method and apparatus for a wide area file system, including: creating a peer-to-peer wide-area file system that allows read and write sharing of data. In another embodiment, the invention provides a method and apparatus for a wide area file system, including using per-file replication to achieve high availability and performance in the wide-area distributed file system." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2002 (10/315,583). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,975.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,975&RS=PN/83,15,975 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Detecting Inadvertent or Malicious Data Corruption in Storage Subsystems and Recovering Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,315,991) developed by Nagapramod S. Mandagere, San Jose, Calif., Mark J. Seaman, San Jose, Calif., and Sandeep M. Uttamchandani, San Jose, Calif., for a "detecting inadvertent or malicious data corruption in storage subsystems and recovering data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention detect inadvertent or malicious data corruption and for recovering data including receiving a query specifying corrupted application data; analyzing transaction logs to find update operations related to the data; determining where the data are stored, by mapping the table data to locations within the file system and mapping the file system locations to volume logical blocks; and analyzing snapshot volume bitmaps to determine if the bitmaps show changes to the table data stored in the volume logical blocks. Changes which are reflected in the bitmaps for the data, but which do not have corresponding entries in the transaction logs are flagged as unauthorized changes. Snapshots of the data, from a time prior to the time at which a flagged snapshot was taken, are identified for use in restoring data to its status prior to the unauthorized change." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2010 (12/763,934). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,991.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,991&RS=PN/83,15,991 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for hypertext browser assistant ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,016) developed by Urs Hoelzle, Palo Alto, Calif., Monika H. Henzinger, Menlo Park, Calif., and Lawrence E. Page, Palo Alto, Calif., for a hypertext browser assistant.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system facilitates a search by a user. The system detects selection of one or more words in a document currently accessed by the user, generates a search query using the selected word(s), and retrieves a document based on the search query. When the document includes one or more links corresponding to a linked document, the system analyzes each of the links, prefetches the linked documents corresponding to a number of the links, and presents the document to the user. The system receives selection of one of the links and retrieves the linked document corresponding to the selected link. The system identifies one or more pieces of information in the retrieved document, determines a link to a related document for each of the identified pieces of information, and provides the determined links with the related document to the user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/244,887). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,016.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,016&RS=PN/83,16,016 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,316,010) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for SLA-aware scheduling in cloud computing." The co-inventors are Yun Chi, San Jose, Calif., Hyun Jin Moon, Newark, Calif., Junichi Tatemura, Cupertino, Calif., and Vahit Hakan Hacigumus, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for scheduling one or more queries for execution with one or more cloud computers by applying a service level agreement (SLA) analysis using an SLA-tree data structure to each query in a query queue; using the SLA-tree data structure to determine an overall profit in the query queue; and generating a profit-oriented schedule to select the next query for execution by the cloud computers." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2010 (12/818,155). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,010.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,010&RS=PN/83,16,010 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dolby Laboratories Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Dolby Laboratories Licensing, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,316,011) developed by Junfeng He, New York, Regunathan Radhakrishnan, San Bruno, Calif., and Wenyu Jiang, Beijing, for a "non-parametric measurement of media fingerprint weak bits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A value is computed for a feature in an instance of query content and compared to a threshold value. Based on the comparison, first and second bits in a hash value, which is derived from the query content feature, are determined. Conditional probability values are computed for the likelihood that quantized values of the first and the second bits equal corresponding quantized bit values of a target or reference feature value. The conditional probabilities are compared and a relative strength determined for the first and second bits, which directly corresponds to the conditional probability. The bit with the lowest bit strength is selected as the weakbit. The value of the weakbit is toggled to generate a variation of the query hash value. The query may be extended using the query hash value variation." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2011 (13/173,462). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,011.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,011&RS=PN/83,16,011 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mirapoint Software Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Mirapoint Software, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,008) developed by Jaspal Kohli, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "fast file attribute search." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of performing a file search with specified attribute criteria includes generating or having access to a file system image of the data storage system. A substantially sequential scan of the file system image can then be performed. Based on the scan, a list of inodes (called a specified criteria inode map) on the file system image that have the specified attribute criteria can be built. This sequential scan eliminates the random scan of the file system image, thereby dramatically reducing the total time associated with reading of the inodes. A file tree of the data storage system can then be walked to find inodes (in the file tree) that match inodes in the specified criteria inode map. A list of files that correspond to matching inodes can thus be quickly and easily generated." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2006 (11/279,855). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,008.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,008&RS=PN/83,16,008 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Peer Fusion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Peer Fusion, Miliptas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,995) developed by Richard S. Levy, Milpitas, Calif., for a hybrid storage system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Roughly described, a tiered storage system has a filesystem that promotes and demotes data among tiers at block granularity. It maintains a logical-to-physical mapping which indicates for each block in a file both the assigned tier and the physical block number within the tier. Methods for performing file- and block-level manipulations are described. In an embodiment, a nominal tier is managed by a native filesystem, and higher tiers are managed by a super filesystem. The super filesystem manages promotion and demotion among the tiers, interfacing with higher tiers directly but interfacing with the nominal tier only through the native filesystem. The native filesystem defines the file namespace in the system, and the logical-to-physical block mapping for blocks in the nominal tier. The super filesystem defines the logical-to-physical mapping for blocks in the higher tiers, but retains the file identification information as defined by the native filesystem." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2009 (12/556,518). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,995.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,995&RS=PN/83,15,995 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Symantec Operating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Symantec Operating, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,973) developed by Scott Douglas Kaiser, Burlingame, Calif., and Par Botes, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for data moving in multi-device file systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A host of a multi-device file system may instruct an external data mover implementing a third party copy to move data from one storage device to another without the host reading or writing data as part of the move. The data being moved may remain accessible through the file system after being moved. A host may instruct an external data mover to write moved data to multiple mirrored devices. A host may instruct the data mover to move data between storage classes in a multi storage class file system. A journaling file system may utilize an external data mover implementing a third party copy to move data from a system log to another storage destination and may also instruct the data mover to move metadata as well as data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2004 (10/951,971). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,973.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,973&RS=PN/83,15,973 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Implicit Hierarchical Clustering ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,024) developed by five co-inventors for an implicit hierarchical clustering. The co-inventors are Aner Ben-Artzi, Los Angeles, Kirill Buryak, Sunnyvale, Calif., Glenn M. Lewis, Costa Mesa, Calif., Jun Peng, San Ramon, Calif., and Nadav Benbarak, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A number of levels of a cluster hierarchy may be determined, and a current level of the levels may be obtained by providing a current input to at least one clustering algorithm to thereby obtain a current output of the at least one clustering algorithm, where the current output includes a current plurality of clusters and defines the current level. Content information associated with each cluster of the current output from the at least one clustering algorithm may be aggregated to obtain aggregated content information for each cluster of the current output. The obtaining and the aggregating may be repeated, using the aggregated content information as the new current input, to thereby obtain a new current output defining a new current level during the obtaining, and using the new current output during the aggregating, until the new current level equals the number of levels." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/021,278). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,024.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,024&RS=PN/83,16,024 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Netflix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Netflix, Los Gatos, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,977) developed by six co-inventors for a "data synchronization between a data center environment and a cloud computing environment." The co-inventors are Siddharth Anand, Santa Clara, Calif., Naresh Gopalani, Sunnyvale, Calif., Greg Kim, Los Altos, Calif., Neil Hunt, Los Altos, Calif., and Santosh R. Rau, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and articles for simultaneously maintaining copies of data in a data center and a cloud computing environment providing network based services. Synchronizing applications monitor modifications to data records made in the data center and the cloud computing environment. The synchronizing applications are also configured to convert modified records from the data center into a format compatible with databases in the cloud computing environment prior to updating the databases in the cloud computing environment, and vice versa." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2010 (12/710,231). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,977.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,977&RS=PN/83,15,977 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Carhamm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Carhamm, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,316,003) developed by Anthony G. Martin, Los Altos, Calif., Scott Vandevelde, Menlo Park, Calif., and David L. Goulden, Redwood City, Calif., for an "updating content of presentation vehicle in a computer network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Exemplary systems and methods for updating content on a computer network are provided. In exemplary embodiments, a method includes receiving from a message delivery program on a client computer a first keyword submitted by a web browser on the client computer to an original search engine, the original search engine not being a part of the server computer, the web browser being separate from the message delivery program and providing the client computer a first search result that is different from a search result provided by the original search engine." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2009 (12/577,702). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,003.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,003&RS=PN/83,16,003 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,994) developed by Arnaud Robert, Burbank, Calif., and Edward C. Drake, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., for a "system and method for updating digital media content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is presented a system and method for updating digital media content. The system comprises a data structure residing on a media storage, the digital media content being stored in the data structure. The system further comprises a processor coupled to the media storage and configured to access the data structure, and receive an update to one or more modifiable elements of the data structure from an authoritative source external with respect to the data structure. The processor is further configured to modify the modifiable elements according to the update, and store the modified elements in the data structure. As a result, updates to the modifiable elements are persistently stored in the data structure." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/383,688). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,994.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,994&RS=PN/83,15,994 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,007) developed by Ciya Liao, Fremont, Calif., for "automatically finding acronyms and synonyms in a corpus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Acronym and synonym pairs can be identified and retrieved automatically in a corpus and/or across an enterprise based on customer settings globally or for a single instance. Possible acronym and synonym term pairs can be identified using a rule such as a heuristic, user-defined rule. Rules selected by the user can be used to rank acronym and synonym pairs using factors such as occurrence frequency and maximum term length. A rule interpreter engine executes the user defined rule set to properly identify and retrieve the user selected acronym and synonym pairs through the utilization of a shallow pause read step. Finally, the user selected acronym and synonym pairs are ranked according to the user preferences, and can be displayed or held for subsequent use in searching." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2007 (11/770,011). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,007.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,007&RS=PN/83,16,007 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Synchronoss Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Synchronoss Technologies, Bridgewater, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,315,976) developed by six co-inventors for a "data transfer and synchronization system." The co-inventors are David L. Multer, Santa Cruz, Calif., Robert E. Garner, Lawrenceville, Ga., Leighton A. Ridgard, Ellenwood, Ga., Liam J. Stannard, Lawrenceville, Ga., Donald W. Cash, Dunwoody, Ga., and Richard M. Onyon, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data transmission system is disclosed which optimizes transfer and updates of information between systems by providing difference information between the systems. The system transmits data packages having instructions for manipulating user data. The data packages include a header identifying the respective packages, as well as transaction objects for effecting a change to user data on a device having object instructions." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2008 (12/037,609). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,976.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,976&RS=PN/83,15,976 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,316,002) developed by Zhijian Lin, Dublin, Calif., and Eliezer K. Pasetes, San Ramon, Calif., for "methods, systems and computer program products for a mobile data feed distributor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This disclosure details the implementation of methods, systems and computer program products for a mobile data feed distributor (hereinafter, "Distributor"). Distributor embodiments may serve to facilitate users' selection of data feeds of interest and the provision of data feed data to mobile devices. In one embodiment, the Distributor may acquire and/or validate user preferences with respect to available data feeds, store those preferences, and subsequently direct the provision of data feed updates to a user's mobile device via short message service (SMS) text messages, multimedia messaging service (MMS) picture alerts, and/or the like. User preferences may include selections of data feed sources, designations of update messaging restrictions, and/or the like." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2008 (12/269,217). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,002.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,002&RS=PN/83,16,002 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nirvanix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Nirvanix, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,315,999) developed by four co-inventors for a "policy-based file management for a storage delivery network." The co-inventors are Scott P. Chatley, San Diego, J. Gabriel Gallagher, San Diego, Thanh T. Phan, San Diego, and Troy C. Gatchell, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for managing storage and access to data files stored in a storage delivery network comprising a plurality of geographically distributed storage nodes, the method including: receiving a file request from a user, wherein the user is associated with a service level agreement (SLA) containing one or more policies governing handling of file requests from the user; determining if the SLA dictates redirecting the file request to a predetermined storage node; if the SLA dictates redirecting the file request to a predetermined storage node, redirecting the file request to the predetermined storage node; otherwise, identifying all storage nodes from the plurality of geographically distributed storage nodes that are near enough to the user based on one or more predetermined criteria; identifying a nearest storage node from among the near enough storage nodes; and redirecting the user request to the nearest storage node." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2008 (12/199,717). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,999.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,999&RS=PN/83,15,999 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,986) developed by Aditya Kapoor, Bellevue, Wash., Christopher Hercules Claudatos, San Jose, Calif., and William Dale Andruss, Minneapolis, for a restore optimization.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, article of manufacture, and apparatus for protecting data, comprising receiving information about objects stored on a plurality of hosts, determining whether an object needs to be backed up, and if the object needs to be backed up, requesting each host having the object to provide a portion of the object to a target. Information about the objects and backup may be stored in an index. A requesting host may request an object to be restored to a target. It is determined whether the object is available at the backup and at other hosts, and the backup and hosts having the object may be requested to provide portions of the object to the target, which may be the requesting host. The index may be used to determine availability of the object at the backup and other hosts." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2007 (12/004,735). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,986.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,986&RS=PN/83,15,986 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Parallel Execution of Window Functions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,980) developed by four co-inventors for a "parallel execution of window functions." The co-inventors are Bhaskar Ghosh, Burlingame, Calif., Nathan K. Folkert, San Francisco, Thierry Cruanes, Foster City, Calif., and Sankar Subramanian, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are described for parallelizing qualifying window functions without reliance on partitioning criteria specified in the command that includes the qualifying window functions. Because the techniques do not rely on partitioning criteria specified in the command, the techniques may be used on commands in which no partitioning criteria is specified. In general, the techniques involve partitioning the work of a qualified window function into ranges, and sharing precomputed aggregate values between computational elements to calculate the value for the window functions." The patent application was filed on July 5, 2005 (11/175,804). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,980.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,980&RS=PN/83,15,980 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Genetastix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Genetastix, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (RE43,823) developed by Shaobing Hua, Cupertino, Calif., Michelle Haynes Pauling, San Mateo, Calif., and Li Zhu, Burbank, Calif., for a "human monoclonal antibody against coreceptors for human immunodeficiency virus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compositions are provided that comprise antibody against coreceptors for human immunodeficiency virus such as CCR5 and CXCR4. In particular, monoclonal human antibodies against human CCR5 are provided that bind to CCR5 with high affinity and are capable of inhibiting HIV infection at low concentrations. The antibodies can be used as prophylactics or therapeutics to prevent and treat HIV infection, for screening drugs, and for diagnosing diseases or conditions associated with interactions with HIV coreceptors." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2011 (13/300,340). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=RE43,823&OS=RE43,823&RS=RE43,823 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Blue Coat Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Blue Coat Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,446) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for blocking unwanted software downloads." The co-inventors are Alexander Wade Campbell, Woodinville, Wash., Lee Thomas Dolsen, Los Gatos, Calif., Vilis Ositis, Sunol, Calif., and Cameron Charles Smith, Redwood City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for blocking unwanted software downloads within a network. Such methods may thereby prevent (i) downloads of spyware from one or more identified locations, and/or (ii) certain outbound communications from the network and/or may also permit software downloads only from specified locations. In general, the policies are defined by rules specified by a network administrator or other user." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2005 (11/112,033). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,446&OS=8,316,446&RS=8,316,446 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Trusted Knight Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Trusted Knight, Annapolis, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,316,445) developed by Lloyd Liske, British Columbia, Calif., for a "system and method for protecting against malware utilizing key loggers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A software, system and methodology for protecting against malware key logger attacks that utilize, for example, form-grabbing techniques. The application protects the browser from key logging malware attacks, and the loss of critical user confidential information often entered into internet forms for the purpose of buying items or logging into financial institutions. An embodiment of a method for blocking form-grabbing attacks including the following steps. Upon detecting a form submission event from the browser, and immediately after allowing the data to be properly submitted, the form input fields are cleared of data. The method prevents hook-based key loggers or form-grabbing key loggers from capturing form input data, thereby protecting the user from theft of passwords or credentials." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2009 (12/427,833). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,445&OS=8,316,445&RS=8,316,445 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,435) developed by Kannan Varadhan, San Jose, Calif., and Joao Campelo F.N. Gomes, Bristol, United Kingdom, for a "routing device having integrated MPLS-aware firewall with virtual security system support." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An MPLS-aware firewall allows firewall security policies to be applied to MPLS traffic. The firewall, which may be integrated within a routing device, can be configured into multiple virtual security systems. The routing device provides a user interface by which a user specifies one or more zones to be recognized by the integrated firewall when applying stateful firewall services to the packets. The user interface allows the user to define different zones and policies for different ones of the virtual security systems. In addition, the user interface supports a syntax that allows the user to define the zones for the firewall by specifying the customer VPNs as interfaces associated with the zones. The routing device generates mapping information for the integrated firewall to map the customer VPNs to specific MPLS labels for the MPLS tunnels carrying the customer's traffic." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2008 (12/271,585). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,435&OS=8,316,435&RS=8,316,435 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hoshiko Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Hoshiko, Henderson, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,316,452) developed by Gary Stephen Shuster, Fresno, Calif., for a "computer network storage environment with file tracking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for operating a network server to discourage inappropriate use are disclosed. The method provides for altering files on the server in such a way so as essentially not affect acceptable, desired file types in any noticeable way, and to substantially corrupt undesirable file types. The method may be applied to every file copied to or from a memory of the server. In the alternative, the method may be applied only to selected files or types of files on the server. In particular, the files corrupted by altering according to the invention are executable software files and compressed files, that are generally not fault-tolerant. Fault tolerant files, such as uncompressed text and graphics files in common Internet-compatible formats, are not noticeably affected. The network server will therefore no longer be useful for storing or transferring undesirable files, and such use will be discouraged. According to a related embodiment of the invention, a system comprises a server having an application that performs one of the embodiments of the method according to the invention." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2009 (12/370,047). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,452&OS=8,316,452&RS=8,316,452 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intertrust Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Intertrust Technologies, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,449) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection." The co-inventors are Karl L. Ginter, Beltsville, Md., Victor H. Shear, Bethesda, Md., Francis J. Spahn, El Cerrito, Calif., and David M. Van Wie, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node. These techniques may be used to support an all-electronic information distribution, for example, utilizing the "electronic highway." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2007 (11/827,996). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,449&OS=8,316,449&RS=8,316,449 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Iyuko Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Iyuko Services, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,316,439) developed by Licai Fang, Beijing, Jyshyang Chen, Cupertino, Calif., and Donghui Yang, Beijing, for an "anti-virus and firewall system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An anti-virus system for enforcing a virus monitoring and scanning process, the anti-virus and firewall system comprises a master CPU card, a plurality of slave CPU cards and a programmable logic. The master CPU card is used for controlling the virus monitoring and scanning process and dividing the virus monitoring and scanning process into a plurality of sub-processes. The plurality of slave CPU cards are controlled by the master CPU card in a software level and a hardware level, each of the plurality of slave CPU cards receives and processes one of the plurality of sub-processes then sends back to the master CPU card. The programmable logic controlled by the master CPU card for monitoring and controlling said plurality of slave CPU cards at a hardware level." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2007 (11/804,494). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,439&OS=8,316,439&RS=8,316,439 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Addn Click Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Addn Click, Vacaville, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,450) developed by six co-inventors for a "system for inserting/overlaying markers, data packets and objects relative to viewable content and enabling live social networking, N-dimensional virtual environments and/or other value derivable from the content." The co-inventors are Jack Robinson, Vacaville, Calif., Peter Muller, Woodside, Calif., Timothy Noke, Santa Clara, Calif., Teng Lew Lim, Mountain View, Calif., Wallace Glausi, Menlo Park, Calif., and Larry Fullerton, New Hope, Ala.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system by which a User can associate selectable Markers, Data Packets and/or Objects with Content. The Content may generally be distributed electronically, and the Markers allow for insertion and/or overlay of Objects when the Content is selected for viewing by a Viewer. Objects and Data Packets are generally provided by a User, Promoter, Host, Service, or other entity to convey information to a Viewer. A Service provides tools and capabilities to both the User and the Promoter to facilitate their respective actions according to embodiments of the invention, including enabling the creation of live social networks (such as those linked to a specific Service provider, a specific User group, activities by a specific Promoter, and/or to specific Data Packets) and the creation of n-dimensional Virtual Environments." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2007 (12/004,622). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,450&OS=8,316,450&RS=8,316,450 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automatic Filter Generation and Generalization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,448) developed by five co-inventors for an "automatic filter generation and generalization." The co-inventors are Marcus Peinado, Bellevue, Wash., Manuel Costa, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Miguel Castro, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Lidong Zhou, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Lintao Zhang, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and architectures for automatic filter generation are described. In an embodiment, these filters are generated in order to block inputs which would otherwise disrupt the normal functioning of a program. An initial set of filter conditions is generated by analyzing the path of a program from a point at which a bad input is received to the point at which the malfunctioning of the program is detected and creating conditions on an input which ensure that this path is followed. Having generated the initial set of filter conditions, the set is made less specific by determining which instructions do not influence whether the point of detection of the attack is reached and removing the filter conditions which correspond to these instructions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2007 (11/925,575). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,448&OS=8,316,448&RS=8,316,448 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mu Dynamics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Mu Dynamics, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,447) developed by Kowsik Guruswamy, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "reconfigurable message-delivery preconditions for delivering attacks to analyze the security of networked systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A security analyzer analyzes a security of a device-under-analysis (DUA). In one embodiment, the security analyzer identifies two or more valid message-delivery preconditions for a communication protocol supported by the DUA. One of the identified valid message-delivery preconditions is selected and the security analyzer delivers an attack to the DUA according to the selected message-delivery precondition. The same or similar attacks can also be delivered to the DUA via other message-delivery preconditions. Based on the DUA's response, the security analyzer determines whether a vulnerability has been found." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2006 (11/557,945). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,447&OS=8,316,447&RS=8,316,447 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Belden Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Belden, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (RE43,811) developed by Dileep Sivasankaran, Fremont, Calif., Frank S. Madren, Los Gatos, Calif., and Peter R. Wood, Los Altos, Calif., for a "LAN switch with rapid fault recovery." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment disclosed relates to a method of fault recovery by a switch in a local area network. A link failure is detected at a port of the switch. In response to the link failure detection, a medium access control (MAC) address table of the switch is cleared. Clearing the address table causes a discovery process to fill the table to begin immediately. In addition, a link on another port of the switch may be dropped to propagate the link failure." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2011 (13/239,233). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=RE43,811&OS=RE43,811&RS=RE43,811 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ball Horticultural Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Ball Horticultural, West Chicago, Ill., has been assigned a patent (PP23,206) developed by Margaret M. Hurkman, Santa Maria, Calif., for a "petunia plant named 'Balspunlu'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new and distinct cultivar of Petunia plant named `Balspunlu`, characterized by its dark violet-blue colored flowers, dark green-colored foliage, low vigor, and compact, upright-mounded growth habit, is disclosed." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2011 (13/134,209). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=PP23,206&OS=PP23,206&RS=PP23,206 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,460) developed by Meng Wang, San Francisco, and Arnaud Claude Weber, Saratoga, Calif., for a "private web browsing using encryption." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented methods for temporarily storing history of a private web browsing session using encryption are provided. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a request to temporarily store viewing session information for a web browsing session, and receiving a request to view a web page during the web browsing session. The method also includes generating an encryption key for the viewing session information for the web page during the web browsing session, encrypting the viewing session information for the web page using the encryption key, and storing the encrypted viewing session information in non-volatile memory and the encryption key in volatile memory. Access to the encrypted viewing session information is controlled by the encryption key in volatile memory. Systems, graphical user interfaces, and machine-readable media are also provided." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2011 (13/315,252). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,460&OS=8,316,460&RS=8,316,460 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** IGT Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- IGT, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (RE43,822) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for resolving a hand of blackjack that results in a push." The co-inventors are Jay S. Walker, Ridgefield, Conn., James A. Jorasch, New York, Daniel E. Tedesco, Huntington, Conn., Geoffrey M. Gelman, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Peter Kim, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for resolving a hand of blackjack played by a player. If it is determined that the hand of blackjack has resulted in a push, then it is determined if the player has won the hand of blackjack based on a random outcome. For example, a dealer may receive from the player an indication of a wager amount associated with a hand of blackjack. The hand of blackjack may then be played according to traditional rules. If it is determined that the hand has resulted in a push, an indication of a random outcome may be received. The random outcome may be, for example, statistically independent of the hand of blackjack. Based on the random outcome, it is determined if the player has won the hand of blackjack. If the player has won, he or she receives payment of a winning amount based on the wager amount." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2008 (12/346,342). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=RE43,822&OS=RE43,822&RS=RE43,822 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Paul Ecke Ranch Assigned Patent for Poinsettia Plant Named 'PER1230' ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (PP23,200) developed by Ruth Kobayashi, Carlsbad, Calif., for a "poinsettia plant named 'PER1230'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new and distinct cultivar of Poinsettia plant named `PER1230`, characterized by its uniform, upright and mounded plant habit; vigorous growth habit; freely branching habit; dark green-colored leaves; mid-season flowering response; large inflorescences with scarlet red-colored flower bracts; and good post-production longevity." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2011 (13/065,259). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=PP23,200&OS=PP23,200&RS=PP23,200 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Roche Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Roche Diagnostics Operations, Indianapolis, and Roche Operations, Hamilton, Bermuda, have been assigned a patent (RE43,815) developed by William F. Crismore, Raleigh, N.C., Nigel A. Surridge, Indianapolis, and Daniel R. McMinn, Danville, Calif., for an "electrochemical biosensor test strip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrochemical biosensor test strip with four new features. The test strip includes an indentation for tactile feel as to the location of the strips sample application port. The sample application port leads to a capillary test chamber, which includes a test reagent. The wet reagent includes from about 0.2% by weight to about 2% by weight polyethylene oxide from about 100 kilodaltons to about 900 kilodaltons mean molecular weight, which makes the dried reagent more hydrophilic and sturdier to strip processing steps, such as mechanical punching, and to mechanical manipulation by the test strip user. The roof of the capillary test chamber includes a transparent or translucent window which operates as a "fill to here" line, thereby identifying when enough test sample (a liquid sample, such as blood) has been added to the test chamber to accurately perform a test. The test strip may further include a notch located at the sample application port. The notch reduces a phenomenon called "dose hesitation"." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2011 (13/301,334). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=RE43,815&OS=RE43,815&RS=RE43,815 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Paul Ecke Ranch Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (PP23,201) developed by Ruth Kobayashi, Carlsbad, Calif., for a "poinsettia plant named 'PER1188'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new and distinct cultivar of Poinsettia plant named `PER1188`, characterized by its compact, uniform, upright and mounded plant habit; vigorous growth habit; freely branching habit; dark green-colored leaves; early season flowering response; large inflorescences with bright red-colored flower bracts; and good post-production longevity." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2011 (13/065,258). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=PP23,201&OS=PP23,201&RS=PP23,201 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,316,436) developed by Kazuhiko Shirai, San Diego, Yasuhiro Habara, San Diego, and Koki Iwazaki, San Marcos, Calif., for an "user-defined multiple input mode authentication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user can define two or more input modes with respective input values to establish an authentication protocol to unlock a computer or govern other computer behavior. As an example, the user may first establish a particular voice recognition pattern followed by a particular image recognition and subsequent logons can be accomplished only by speaking the voice recognition pattern into the device and then by presenting the commanded image, such as an image of the user's face, to the device. " The patent application was filed on March 27, 2009 (12/413,030). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,436&OS=8,316,436&RS=8,316,436 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Konica Monolta Laboratory USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Konica Monolta Laboratory USA, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,425) developed by Paul Cattrone, Pleasant Hill, Calif., Hiroshi Tomita, Palo Alto, Calif., and Vivek Pathak, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for authenticating printed documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of authenticating a document, typically a printed document, is disclosed. The method comprises: (a) processing a first area of a source document according to a first authentication level to generate first authentication data; (b) processing a second area of the source document according to a second authentication level to generate second authentication data, the second authentication level being different from the first authentication level; (c) generating barcode data representing at least the first and second authentication data; and (d) carrying out at least one of: (d1) embedding the barcode data to the source document to generate a processed document; and (d2) printing the barcode data on a recording medium." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2006 (11/364,035). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,425&OS=8,316,425&RS=8,316,425 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Predicting Phenotypes Using a Probabilistic Predictor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,957) developed by David E. Heckerman, Santa Monica, Calif., and Carl Myers Kadie, Bellevue, Wash., for "predicting phenotypes using a probabilistic predictor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting phenotypes. In aspects, a probabilistic predictor is used to summar For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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